The whole ceremony was amazing to watch. The stage was set on the 50 yard line. The student processional was accompanied by the OSU band. The OSU color guard raised the American flag as soon to be graduate, Jodie Burns, sung the National Anthem. The sense of excitement radiated throughout the stadium.
Many honored guests gathered in Columbus, to participate in the festivities. Former President William Jefferson Clinton gave the commencement address. Others joining him on the stage included: former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, former two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin, and former Congressman Eric Fingerhut. In addition to the almost 8,000 degrees conferred, honorary degrees were awarded to: President Clinton (Doctor of Public Service), University President Karen Holbrook (Doctor of Education), Jean-Pierre Changeux (Doctor of Science), Gerald Buckberg (Doctor of Science), and Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (Doctor of Music). James F. Patterson and Paul E. Young, Jr. were the recipients of this year's Distinguished Service Awards.
As the graduates joined the ranks of the more than a half a million Ohio State alumni it was a day to remember in Columbus.